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Mashpee, MA: "Changing population of students who have more complex needs than in past decades"

Jan 18, 2018, Falmouth, MA, Mashpee Enterprise: Mashpee School Committee Sees Looming Budget Challenges https://www.capenews.net/mashpee/news/mashpee-school-committee-sees-looming-budget-challenges/article_c35a2836-7ca8-5703-968d-cfc416301581.html The Mashpee School Committee reviewed the school district’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal during a public hearing at Quashnet Elementary School Wednesday evening, January 17. … Also included in the budget is an offset of $417,000 in “Circuit Breaker” funds from the state that benefit students who need out-of-district placements for special needs. “We will be using school choice funds to offset the operating budget,” Mr. Funk said. “In the past we have used school choice money to enhance programs and purchase technology.” … When asked if the proposal represents a genuinely level-service budget and if the offsets needed are sustainable, Superintendent Patricia M. DeBoer said that the district faces challenges as it moves forward due to a changing population of students who have more complex needs than in past decades. Providing behavioral and emotional services and other interventions for students takes a lot of teacher training and additional personnel, she said.